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    Old 03-12-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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    Mri results, what is going on?

    After a fall on 1-3-14 pain in my lower back continued to get worse. Pain was radiating into my hips and down my legs. These are the findings of the MRI. Not sure what it means or the logical next steps to take, doctors to see.
    At L4-5, there is flattening of the
    posterior disc with mild
    bilateral facet hypertrophy. There
    is no significant central canal or
    neural foramen narrowing.
    At L5-S1, there is flattening of the
    posterior disc with mild
    bilateral facet hypertrophy. There
    is no significant central canal or
    neural foramen narrowing.

     
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    Re: Mri results, what is going on?

    Do you still have pain in your legs?

    The good news is that the fall seems not to have caused a fracture. The MRI does not indicate any significant issue at these two lumbar levels.

    I suppose the bad news is that you still have symptoms and still aren't sure what is causing them.

    At both levels the disc has flattened slightly and the adjoining facet joints are showing a small amount of arthritic-type change.This may mean they are slightly enlarged. Sometimes this is enough to cause pain even though it doesn't look like much on the MR images.

    What type of doctor ordered the MRI? Your PCP or family doctor may be able to recommend a course of treatment. It may be that conservative treatment such as a course of physical therapy, massage, etc. and the passage of time will help to ameliorate the pain.

     
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    Re: Mri results, what is going on?

    Yes, unfortunately I am still getting horrible pain in my lower back which, on occasion, shoots pain in my hips and down my legs.
    Yes, my PCP ordered the MRI. I meet with him tomorrow, 3-14.
    Thank you for your response ;-)

     
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    Re: Mri results, what is going on?

    I would imagine that from the fall there may still be some residual inflammation, either in the facet joints or in the surrounding tissue. The pain in hips and radiating down the leg is a typical pattern for an "issue" with those two lower lumbar segments. (look online for a dermatome map to show you which body parts are innervated by which spinal nerve...)

    Let us know how your appointment goes.

     
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